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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Urban Sketching Barcelona. Day 17 (2 of 2): Cable Car, Castell de Montjuïc

Riding the Cable Cars on Montjuic

October 21, 2016

Andrea, Vincent and the boys met me in front of the Fundacío Joan Miró and we rode a cable car further up to the Castell de Montjuïc. The ride was fun with amazing views and the boys loved it. The cloudy skies made it all the more dramatic and after a short time we arrived at the entrance. This fortress, built in the 1600s resembles other forts I've seen in former Spanish colonies like San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Augustine, Florida. It was restored in the 18th century, used as a military prison until the 1960s and given to the city as an army base and ultimately turned into a museum. 

Today it is visited more for its 360 degree views over Barcelona. We wandered, letting the boys run and climb and scooter around as we enjoyed those views. The Cable Car goes to and from the Castell and the Sea and we rode the larger one down, walking along the seaside and along the harbor, simply enjoying each other's company, this beautiful city and all it has to offer.

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The Castle on Montjuïc

Cruise ship from the Cable Car

Cable car approaching a tower on the way down to the harbor

Spectacular views over Barcelona from the cable car

A closer view as we descend

Looking up at a tower from the ground

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